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Niger/Saudi Arabia: Agreement Signed on Labor Recruitment

(Oct. 13, 2015) On September 30, 2015, Niger’s Minister of Labor, Employment, and Social Security, Salissou Ada, described the steps his country will take to implement an agreement between Niger and Saudi Arabia on recruitment of workers from Niger for jobs in Saudi Arabia. That agreement was concluded on June 5, at a meeting held […]

Niger: Amnesty for Military Coup Participants

(May 26, 2011) On May 19, 2011, the unicameral legislature of Niger approved a law that gives amnesty from prosecution to members of the military ruling group that ousted former president Mamadou Tanja in February 2010. According to a parliamentary radio report, all the deputies that were present voted in favor of the measure. (Niger […]

Niger: Preliminary Draft Constitution Prepared

(Sept. 9, 2010) On September 2, 2010, Niger's ruling Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy released a description of a new, draft constitution for the country. Among the reforms this draft includes, compared with earlier versions, are the lifting of the requirement for candidates for the presidency to have university degrees and the lowering […]

Niger: Preliminary Draft Constitution Prepared

(Sept. 9, 2010) On September 2, 2010, Niger's ruling Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy released a description of a new, draft constitution for the country. Among the reforms this draft includes, compared with earlier versions, are the lifting of the requirement for candidates for the presidency to have university decrees and the lowering […]

Niger: Finance Law Effective New Year’s Day

(Dec. 31, 2009) On November 10, 2009, the Minister of Finance of Niger announced a Finance Law 2010 bill. If approved, the new Law will come into force on January 1, 2010. The new Law establishes a corporate income tax of 30%, down from a previous 35%. It specifies that the top marginal rate for […]

Niger: Editors Detained by Police

(Aug. 11, 2009) Two editors in the West African nation of Niger have been in custody at the main police station in the capital city of Niamey since August 1, 2009. The detentions follow reporting in their weekly newspapers on corruption charges involving the national human rights agency. The two men, Abdoulay Tiémogo, editor of […]

Niger: Referendum Scheduled for New Constitution

(June 12, 2009) The Council of Ministers of Niger has scheduled a referendum on a proposed new constitution; the vote will take place on August 4, 2009. The poll will determine whether the President of the country, Mamadou Tandja, will be permitted to extend his term for three years, as the new constitution would permit […]

Niger: News Group Director Arrested

(Apr. 16, 2009) Abibou Garba, the Director-General of the Dounia radio and television broadcasting group in Niger, was arrested on April 1, 2009. Garba was brought before the public prosecutor the next day, charged with “disseminating false news,” and conditionally released. The case resulted from the televising of a debate in which the visit of […]

Niger: Demonstrations Against MP Bonuses

(Mar. 5, 2009) A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay “huge salary bonuses” to the national treasury. The groups contend that the bonuses, self-awarded by the Members of Parliament, are […]

Niger: Journalist Provisionally Released

(Oct. 14, 2008) On October 8, 2008, an appeals court in Niamey, Niger's capital, ordered Moussa Kaka released on bail pending trial. Kaka is a well-known journalist currently charged with “undermining national territorial integrity through conspiracy with Tuareg rebels,”according to his attorney, Boureïma Fodi. Kaka could be punished with five years in prison under this […]